The Style Experiment

Every August I devour all the fat, juicy issues of the fashion mags' September issues. From Vogue and InStyle to local-grown favourites like Flare and Fashion.

I flip through the pages excited to see the new trends for the season, with a feeling of hope. Maybe this is the year that I'll REALLY plan out my outfits and shopping. Maybe this will be the year that I actually venture out and risk trying a trendy new outfit (like wedge heels or a statement necklace).

I love fashion and beauty. What woman doesn't love feeling beautiful and looking fabulous? But, the fact is, it takes TIME. It takes planning. And when my alarm wakes me up in the morning stealing a few extra minutes in bed take precedence over spending those moments toiling over what to wear.

The bed always wins.

I wasn't always like this. In university, I dressed up for my 8:30 a.m. classes. My winter boots had heels! Fashion and beauty was part of my everyday.

Then I joined the workforce. And I slowly gave up the heels. Working nine-to-five in a government office meant boring simple clothes. And before I knew it, fashion was on the back burner.

Sure, I'd still get dressed up for special occasions - weddings, parties, etc. But, no longer for the everyday. The daily commute into the city when I started working downtown, drained all my energy out of me. Fashion was no longer important.

Things needed to be comfortable and practical. The heels were the first things to go.

I dress okay. I mean, I could try harder. And every year, I tell myself - this is my chance - a new start, a new season of ripe new trends ready for the picking. And then I get too busy and go back to the old standbys.

Not. This. Year.

Do good clothes open all doors? What do you do to stay out of a style rut?

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  1. I definitely think that how you convey your personal style via clothing says a lot about you. First impressions count. People pass judgment on what they see, especially if they don't know you.

    Figuring out your personal style is a work in progress for many of us. Figuring out how to stay out of a style rut? Not sure about that one...looking to you for that :)

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